Bachelor of Anthropology

Western Sydney University

The Bachelor of Anthropology at Western Sydney University offers students the opportunity to examine social patterns and practices across cultures, to discover similarities and differences between cultures, and to understand the processes by which humans organise and create meaning. Areas of focus include the development of anthropology as a discipline; globalisation and culture; power and politics; gender and sexuality; identity and belonging; ethnography and ethnographic methods; indigenous peoples and nation states. Specific attention is given to cultures of Australasia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and to cross cultural interactions, at both global and local levels. The degree will equip students with multi-cultural knowledge as well as to provide a thorough grounding in research methods and ethics with utility in a variety of professional and academic contexts. Students have the opportunity to further develop their anthropological knowledge and practice through a semester long field and study experience, based either overseas or in Australia.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Penrith
Liverpool City
Institution CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G


  • Anthropology

At Western Sydney, learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Our strong ties to business organisations means you will get real-life work experience and practical skills in industry and the community. With these skills, we ensure you are set up for career success and a life you’ve always dreamed of. 

Western Sydney University’s research has been ranked as some of the best in Australia, with over 80 per cent of the University’s assessed research performing “at world standard” or “above world standard” in the Excellence in Research for Australia program. We invest in our research program to deliver outcomes that have global impact and makes significant contributions to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of our communities.

Located in Australia’s third largest and fastest growing economy, we offer study options combined with work-integrated learning. Through work experience placements, internships and volunteering opportunities, you’ll gain real-life experience, practical skills and knowledge that you need for your future career.


Western Sydney University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the following areas:
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Jobs on campus

The Western Sydney Careers team aims to coordinate and expand on-campus employment opportunities for all students. Our programs aim to provide students with paid professional experience on and off campus, as well as overseas and enhanced employability skills. The Jobs on Campus program can assist you to find jobs within the University and will help you financially while studying. Over two-thirds of Western Sydney University students combine study with work.

Industry experience

At Western Sydney University we have a recruitment program that is specifically designed to link students with degree-relevant opportunities. With the support of our Careers Service, students can undertake placements in various areas such as website design, marketing, chemical testing, stormwater management, database development and social research.

On-campus accommodation

Western Sydney University offers a wide range of on-campus accommodation, providing you with high quality, affordable accommodation that gives a rich and balanced living and learning environment.

All of our villages are self-catered and fully furnished with a great range of accommodation options and 24-hour support on Bankstown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Nirimba, Parramatta and Penrith campuses. No matter which campus you choose, you'll find an exciting community of residents with plenty of events to help you live, learn and grow!

Other services

Western Sydney University provides excellent student support services including airport reception service, orientation programs, counselling, childcare, multi-faith services, 24-hour campus safety and security and well-equipped libraries. 


Western Sydney University offers study options at nine campuses. All campuses are served by public transport and major roads.  

  • Bankstown 
  • Campbelltown 
  • Hawkesbury 
  • Nirimba 
  • Parramatta 
  • Parramatta City 
  • Penrith 
  • Sydney City 
  • Sydney Olympic Park

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